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benedict will be staying at castel gandolfo. it's been a retreat for popes for several centuries now. a monastery in the vatican garden is being renovated as a permanent home for him it's a 8,600 square fight complex. renovations have been in the works since november and expected to be completed in the spring. his longtime housekeepers will join him. our special edition of "early start," the pope's last day continues right now. >> our special coverage continues right here on cnn. >>> history in the making. pope benedict xvi about to carry out the last chaj of his papacy meeting one by one with the cardinals who will choose his successor and he might be face-to-face with the next pope in just a few minutes on this last day on the throne of st. peter. good morning. welcome to this special edition of "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. we'd like to welcome our viewers from around the world on cnn international. it's the top of the hour, thursday, february 28th. we are witnessing history in the making. no one alive has ever seen a sitting pope step down. >> it is
officially popeless. benedict xvi boarded a helicopter and flew into retirement. details on his legacy and what is next for the catholic church. the dow flirting with an all-time high, up 36. and a slew of positive economic reports. when they tell you it's all horrible, tell them they are wrong. that's coming up. plus, look at that. the murder trial against a woman who stabbed her ex-boyfriend 27 times, shot him and slit his throat. takes another raunchy turn. it's all ahead, unless breaking news changes everything. on studio b. >> shepard: first, at 3:00 in new york city, a historic day for the catholic church. today pope benedict xvi stepped down and for catholics around the world, there's no pope. the pope left the vatican for the last time as the holy father, to huge round of applause. the helicopter took the pope to his traditional summer home 15 minutes southeast of the vatican. that building dates to the 1600s, it's not a bad retirement home. historians say in the days of world war ii, then o'pious the xii idea it to shelter soldiers. ben did is set to return to rome later this
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benedict xvi stunned every this week by announcing he is resigning at the end of this month. we expect the cardinals to gather in mid-to late march to elect a new pope. our brian todd has a closer look now at who will run things in the meantime, and at the politics of picking the pope's successor. >> reporter: it is politics in overdrive, with the pope leaving february 28th, who will be in power at the vatican until a new pope is elected. there is a position, a right-hand man to the pope, who deals with finances and the managing tasks. it was portrayed as a master power broker. in real life, the title was held by the cardinal who also holds the powerful position of secretary of state, who in the vatican is like a prime minister. but experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the stuff of movie legend. >> despite the job title and movies, he is not the best organizer? >> no, the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band, the number one criticism is they couldn't make the job run on time. >> reporter: the correspondent for the national catholic reporter newspaper says that
benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
. >> -- and all that matters. >> a new report says that benedict's hearing has deteriorated and he's got blind in the left eye. >> the conclave may start earlier. >> could you be the next nominee? >> that enters the world of fantasy. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit from a passenger aboard the carnival cruise ship. >> finally one of those vacations that will be remembered as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan plans to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. white house officials say what they really want is for the senators from both sides to write a new law to reform immigration. they denied that they're trying to politicize the process. president obama's newly pointed chief of staff said sunday that the white house is working on a plan of its own to deal with the 11 million undocument
leaves the vatican today. jon: bill and martha, thank you. pope benedict the xvi officially resigning today. it's about three hours away. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody i'm jenna lee live in our admonition's capitol today witnessing history right now along with you. we are glad that you're with us. the pontiff leading the vatican for the last time as pope today. he's about to fly by helicopter to cas castle began r-frplt he will bless the well wishers gathering there awaiting his arrival. the pope's retirement taking effect in a few hours. before leaving the vatican he delivered his tphaoeupbl greetings to the cardinals urging them to work in unity and promising unconditional reverence and obedience to his successor. all of this very new to everyone. the last time a pope resigned 1415, jon. when we say we are actually witnessing history, a history that few have experienced before, the facts all point to that. jon: nobody has ever seen, nobody alive now has seen what we are seeing now, the resignation of a pope. it is a historic day at the vatican and really for the o
your mom. ♪ hot mess is. >> how did he react. we were speechless. >> pope benedict stun cardinal with the first papal resignation in 6 century. just hours after the announcement lightning strikes the basilica of saint peter dome in vatican city. pope benedict chosen to be pope for life says the failing strength and health are forcing the decision. he was elected to the position about 8 years ago and you can see how the position and age has taken a toll. here he is on day one and today much thinner and more frail. 7 news reporter situations live in vatican city tonight with the latest on a real surprise for all catholic catholics. nick. >> the pope is a shy leader but today announcement reminder of the man they used to call god rottweiler. unpredictable unprecedented and might guarantee the legacy. >> at 85 he's silver hair and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict the 16th told the cardinal that latin he is so infirm i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the men industryen trusted to me. in the last year benedict grew increasingly
pope benedict xvi. today's blessing comes as the vatican considers moving up the date to find his replacement. we're live in st. peter's square. >>> and the drama surrounding former senator chuck hagel, the president's choice for defense secretary. his nomination in limbo, were even though many suspect he will eventually be confirmed. why are they making this process so difficult? we'll talk to david gregory and get analysis 06 that. >>> plus, have you ever wondered what it's like to train as a g man? >> i have wondered 245. >> well, you're sitting next to the right guy. i was in quantico, virginia. they deal with a car stop, hand-to-hand combat. and what we learned about fighting crime and you were brushing up on your car knowledge. >> i was. i was doing a little bit of that. we hear women don't know what much about cars. we get a bad rap. one woman who knows a lot about cars wants to change that perception. i spent a day changing oil. as part of a unique class designed for women by a woman. its goal is to make both our cars and the repair shop a little less intimidating. >> i wo
pope benedict xvi give his final blessing. he will pray the last angelus of his pontificate. tens of thousands, if not 100,000 there in vatican square. no real surprise. after eight years on his pontificate standing down the announcement february 11th saying he would resign. we'll see him in general audience on wednesday and then he will leave here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards the promised land, but towards heaven. this is a possible temptation to stop the mystic experience.
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
. >> all that. >> and another for carmelo anthony. >> and all that matters. >> a new report says benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he's even gone blind in his left eye. >> the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than expected. >> could you be the nominee? >> that enters into the world of fantasy. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the passengers on board that damaged carnival cruise ship. >> finally ending the vacation that couples aboard will forever remember as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan congressional plans for immigration reform to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning out west. the leaked white house plan does provide a path to citizenship after eight years. but white house officials say that what they really want is for senators from both parties
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
will talk about how this could impact oscar pistorius's murder case. >>> and today was pope benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour a
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards the promised land, but towards heaven. this is a possible temptation to stop the mystic experience. on the mountain had christ who had soul the spirit and should have gone down in fatigue and pain and fighting him. from these fragments the teaching and importance and supremacy of prayer without this and in this land we have to give the sense, the right sense to prayer, to personal prayer and also community prayer to inspire our special life i
of thousands of roman catholics are at the vatican this morning for benedict's last general audience as pope. >> the historic transition before benedict's formal resignation tomorrow. it's wednesday, february 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. history is in the making at st. peter's square as the pope officially retires tomorrow and that's coming up in our top story. on top of that, we'll turn to northern texas where a 16-year-old driver with a stuck accelerator pedal managed to avoid crash after crash. the panicky situation with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. lucky is an understatement. >> wow. >>> also this morning, the debate over working at the office or working from home. after a surprising order from the top corporate executive. where are you the most productive? >> would you do this show from home if you could? >> in a heartbeat. actually, i do live here. >> feels like we do. >> we're here every night. >>> coming up later this half hour, chris brown and rihanna's relationship has been on and off.
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
that for you on tomorrow's "cbs evening news." pope benedict has just three days left in office and today in one of his last acts before retiring he changed the church rules so that the election of his successor can begin sooner. whoever that successor is, allen pizzey tells us he will be inheriting a church in turmoil. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he says his last good-byes. but he leaves behind the vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and those who will choose him. today, britain's most senior cleric, scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusation but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden. an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hierarchy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found t
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
. was it bigger than a box office bulk bust error a total bust and health is not the reason pope benedict is stepping down. charges of sex, blackmail, and abuse in rome. do they add up. let's go out front. >>> we begin tonight with new developments. cnn has just learned that governor chris christie, a key 2016 republican presidential hopeful is not invited to the conservative political action conference in washington, d.c. next week. that's according to a source close to cpac and if you haven't heard of it is often considered a must-attend for anybody who wants to win the white house from the gop. senator marco rubio of florida, bobby jindal, former governor jeb bush, rick perry of texas, all already on the list. is this a major snub? this news breaking late this afternoon. how big of a snub is it? >> i think it makes a lot of sense for c pack. caucuses was not going to show up this year. why bother asking him and give snubbed by the governor himself. do the snubbing yourself and say we don't want you here and it probably would have been a tough environment to be in frankly given that he
of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
danica patrick sdo something that is truly a first. pope benedict xvi takes the last opportunities to connect with a master. what a welcome he gets. >> erupting in cheers as pilgrims have their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished editions of the catholic church pope benedict 15's following the decision to resign. also new developments after accusations this man got physical aboard a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away that's when he lashed out. >> in minutes how the mom is claiming the child is suffering as a result. they are called the latest for a reason. >> the firefighters battled this inferno. >> we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi made the first public pier rance shocking catholics around the world with the decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speaking to a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in saint peters square. the pontiff's voice strong as he spoke in 6 languages blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thank will them for their love and support. >> thank you. your presence here is a
benedict as trying to have a big impact on the election because i really think that of the people who are possible to take on this role, there's very little difference on them -- among them on policy, on what would come next, on, as you said, things like cont contracepti contraception, order nation of women. all the people on the running would be quite orthodox leading the orthodox catholic church, so i really don't think that he's going to get very involved in -- >> you are so pessimistic here. i want to go to e.j. now because there's two good things that can happen. i'm a progressive on catholics issues and all kinds of issues. you are, too, e.j. i think melinda is too. we get a guy like scala who turns out to be more liberal than the pope things and second, some way out candidate we never heard of perhaps from italy, that's where the liberals come from, comes forth and offers himself up and we pull a big surprise because scala can't put it together. >> let's stipulate we would probably pick a nun. >> i spent a lot of time last week with my late aunt agnes' friends in the convent. i
, we have pictures of massive crowds in st. peter's square for pope benedict doing his second to last weekly sunday morning window blessing before his retirement. coming up, the news we have this morning about the secretive conclave of cardinals where a successor will be chosen. >> the guessing game is in full effect over who it will be. >>> also this morning, we get a rare sit-down with lebron james of the nba all-star game. you won't believe what his favorite tv show is. i'm pretty sure the answer will surprise you, and he has a special message for our robin roberts. she, of course, will be here in just a few days rejoining us here at "gma." >> that is great, and also i was very impressed that he was willing to admit his favorite tv show. we'll tell you in a couple minutes. >>> also, the story of a heart transplant with a surprise romantic twist. we've been talking about this story behind the scenes for 24 hours now. we cannot wait to show it to you coming up, but let's start this morning with the triple threat in the weather department. the map tells the whole story. we've got a st
will be like for pope benedict xvi after he steps down. he will remain, quote, hidden to the world in retirement. indicating he will not have a public role once his resignation takes effect february 28th. joining me now, kate childs graham, columnist for the catholic reporter and an activist in the catholic movement. good morning. >> good morning. >> after learning of the pope's decision to resign, you sat down with a young progressive group of catholics. if there was an overriding theme to their thoughts, what was it? >> a pope who's a good learner. there's clearly issues about equality and we need a pope that's listening to that. >> when you say that transparency is a key issue to the next pope, what do you think that this pope hasn't done or even pope john paul ii that can change that perception? >> sure. i think that this pope certainly has had a papacy plagued with scandal and i think that was a clear signal to the next pope that their key task will be healing those divisions and that's going to come with more transparency and certainly transformation in our church. >> sister
announcement he will resign at the end of this month. one french cardinal says benedict the 16th broke a tattoo about resigning. here's information we didn't know. the holy father will leave at 8:00 p.m. rome time on the night of february 28th. he will then go to the papal retreat in italy for a time of rest. then return to the vativan to live out his days in a monastery with nuns. the pope will not participate in the conclave. what is still being worked out is when that meeting of the cardinals will begin. can't happen until march and the vatican says they want a new pope before holy week and easter. what to call him after he leaves his role. all attention turns to which cardinals may be frontrunners. a closer look and that about more with this surprise announcement. that's coming up at 7:30. >> allison, the former police officer turned triple murder suspect may now be in mexico. authorities raided a hotel in tijuana yesterday but found no signs. also filed murder charges against him yesterday. been on the run since late last week. they are still sorting through hundreds of tips from the publi
more on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announce thamt he ment that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdica abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome sfw. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cat also accompany him. no word yet on whether there
pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he re-emerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it's not clear at this point when the meeting of the conclave, the meeting of 117 cardinals assembled to vote for the next pope will meet. however, a senior vatican spokesman on saturday said that, it could happen earlier than planned, before the 15th of march. i'm ben wedeman, cnn, reporting from rome. >> all right. thank you, ben. >>> a cold day to talk about global warming. thousands braved frigid temperatures on the national mall to demand action on climate change. [heart beating]
danica patrick do something that truly is a first. and pope benedict xvi takes one of his last opportunities to connect with the masses. and what a welcome he gets. >> st. peters square, erupting in cheers, and their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished traditions of the catholic church. pope benedict xvi's message to the faithful following his historic time to resign. after accusations this man got physical on board a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away and that's when he-- >> and how this man is claiming the child is suffering as a result. >> and they are called the bravest for a reason. >> what we're now learning about the firefighters that battled this inferno. i'm harris falkner, we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi making his first public appearance since shocking catholics around the world with his decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speak to go a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in st. peter's square. and the pontiff's voice strong, blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thanking
benedict xvi gave the final blessing over the week. it was a message of the power of prayer. the pope said he feels that god is calling him to devout himself to medication and reflection and prayer and not abandoning the church in any way. the strong message in light of the changes to church law allowing conclave to begin earlier which may be just in time as britain's highest ranking catholic leader found himself confronted by allegations of sexual misconduct. he denies the accusations of inappropriate contact submitted by a priest and three former priests. this is a critical time for the catholic church. so let's spin on it. i think putting aside the pope's legacy which is a little bit more complicated and i'm actually going to write about that this week, just addressing these issues, it seems to me and i was reading cardinal o'brien's response to this and his statement and he writes i want to thank pope benedict for his kindness and courtesy. i will not join them for conclave in person. i don't wish media attention in rome focused on me. that's all fine and good and i don't really know i
. the vatican is in total damage role. two papers claim pope benedict's health is not the reason he's stepping down. they say a top secret reports that he's stepping down because some priests are being blackmailed by male prostitutes. the povatican denies it. out front, barbie from rome, and raymond arroyo. really appreciate both of your taking the time. barbie, let me start with you. you're in rome tonight. i'm assuming the leaks are coming from inside the vatican, but why? what are they hoping to get from this? >> you know, this really is about the next conclave. and all this bad news that comes out, it works very much against the insiders who are in charge of the vatican right now. the hierarchy of the vatican is run by the italians and europeans. they were very much in place under pope benedict xvi when he was cardinal joseph ratzinger. maybe it's time for someone outside of rome, who is not engrained in this culture, mabe it's time from someone from a developing nation, someone else to clean house. >> raymond, a former catholic friar in england spoke to christia christiane amanpour, and w
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
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